Baron von Baddie and the Ice Ray Incident

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When evil genius Baron von Baddie accidentally captures superhero Captain Kapow, he immediately sets about making mischief. He rearranges the days of the week, unleashes an army of ice-cream-stealing robots, and binges on doughnuts.
          But before long, the Baron gets a bit bored with his evil extravaganza. Could it be that he misses tangling with his old archnemesis? Yep, turns out even ...

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Overview

When evil genius Baron von Baddie accidentally captures superhero Captain Kapow, he immediately sets about making mischief. He rearranges the days of the week, unleashes an army of ice-cream-stealing robots, and binges on doughnuts.
          But before long, the Baron gets a bit bored with his evil extravaganza. Could it be that he misses tangling with his old archnemesis? Yep, turns out even villains need their superheroes.
          Perfect for kids who will eventually enjoy graphic novels, here is a warm, funny book that proves when it comes to friendship, winning isn’t everything.

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Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The story is hilarious, with its terse exposition lending itself well to early reading alone as well as reading aloud, and the sprinklings of exclamations and commentary in speech balloons adds spice."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Sept 2008
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The story is hilarious, with its terse exposition lending itself well to early reading alone as well as reading aloud, and the sprinklings of exclamations and commentary in speech balloons adds spice."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Sept 2008
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
The evil genius Baron von Baddie always has his plans stopped by Captain Kapow. In spite of his bouts of prison time, the Baron is always planning his next invention. One day, during an ice ray experiment, he does the unthinkable: he stops Captain Kapow. Now, the Baron can get away with anything he wants! At first, he has great fun in building robots, switching the days of the week and eating doughnuts. But by the third week of this, he finds things have become routine and dull. He realizes that maybe he needs Captain Kapow; so, off to his laboratory he goes. The Baron discovers how to free the captain and sets things right—at least for a few hours. The mixed media collages in this cartoonish, briskly-told story add subtle humor of their own. Readers will appreciate the humor to be found in the text bubbles and subtle details. The large, cartoon-like illustrations can draw in reluctant readers, and the simple plot ensures the story moves quickly. The story does not go farther that the duel between von Baddie and Captain Kapow. However, the Baron's exploits may appeal to first and second grade readers, particularly those that need some help with their reading. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

Baron von Baddie is an evil genius who creates rampaging robots and chaos wherever he goes. Luckily, Captain Kapow arrives regularly on the scene to apprehend his nemesis, jail him, and wait for the Baron's inevitable escape so the two can repeat the process again. One day the Baron accidentally succeeds in freezing the Captain solid and begins a life of uninterrupted crime-building new robots, changing the days of the week around, and eating a mountain of doughnuts. It only takes a couple of weeks, though, before the mad scientist realizes that his life has turned boring and he misses the Captain. After he creates a heat ray to unfreeze the superhero, the duo happily goes back to their good guy/bad guy routines. The mixed-media collages have a goofy retro-cartoonish panache that pairs well with the tongue-in-cheek text. The pages abound with heroic action, and the artist ably depicts the square-jawed, muscled Captain and diminutive gloved and lab-coated Baron. An insouciant romp with broad appeal.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI

Kirkus Reviews
In a less-than-serious take on the banality of evil, a supergenius Bad Guy discovers that escaping from jail, building giant robots and acting the bully is no fun without a Superhero around to put the kibosh on his schemes. Baron Von Baddie reaches this realization after, by accident, catching his nemesis Captain Kapow-depicted in McClements's large, cut-paper-collage cartoons as a mighty figure in cape and body suit, with a sunny smile on his ruggedly handsome face-in a freeze ray, and then gleefully going on to switch days of the week around, gather up mountains of doughnuts and other mischief. Three weeks of that leaves the bored Baron feeling that there's no point to creating chaos if no one's trying to stop him, so off he hies to thaw his adversary out with a humongous hair dryer. Fans of Bob McLeod's Superhero ABC (2006) and like spoofs will chuckle. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152061388
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

GEORGE MCCLEMENTS has written and illustrated several picture books, including Night of the Veggie Monster and The Last Badge. He lives in Glendale, California.

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